I have a leak in the pipe that goes down from the skimmer - likely where it joins a few inches (2-8 or 10) down, according to the repair guy I had check it out. In the past I've had leaks in the skimmer, and the last time partly down the pipe, and have fixed (or tried) with epoxy and polyurethane (Plumber's Goop). But apparently I wasn't able to do it well enough, or likely, deep enough. It's hard to push the epoxy firmly against the sides (tried using the handle of a long plastic spoon, and I'm considering a long screwdriver now), and I'd hoped the polyurethane would drip down and seal it, but apparently hasn't.
Any other thoughts? I'm also wondering about using a slightly smaller diameter pipe and coating it with polyurethane and pushing it down the pipe. Any thoughts? If it worked, would it make the diameter too small, though?
Otherwise, I'm looking at a $1400 repair, with no guarantee that it will look good when done as they'll try to match the deck, and the tiles need to be successfully salvaged. Also, I'm simply trying to repair it to sell the house - a short sale, no less! But it's been advised that it would be hard to sell with a leak. Thanks!